Wisconsin winters provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Central and Northeast Wisconsin is home to hundreds of lakes including the Lake Winnebago system of lakes. Most lakes in this area start to freeze late November and are usually fishable by early to mid December. Early ice can provide some the best fishing of the season for bluegills, crappies and perch. As the season progresses into late December and early January, the larger lakes become accessible we start to target walleye and whitebass. Panfish, walleye pike, bass and whitebass continue to provide action all through the winter on the Winnebago System as well as lakes in Waushara, Waupaca, Green Lake and Portage Counties. Late February through the end of March provides the best chance for walleyes on the Lake Winnebago system as the walleye begin to stage and head up the Wolf River for the annual spawning run. March can also be fantastic for late ice perch, bluegill and crappie fishing. Depending on the year and weather conditions, ice typically remains fishable on the lakes in this area until the end of March and into early April.